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BioMed Research International
Volume 2016, Article ID 8792725, 5 pages
Research Article

Styloid Process of the Temporal Bone: Morphometric Analysis and Clinical Implications

1Department of Morphology, Institute Of Biological Sciences, University Federal of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
2Department of Community and Preventive Dentistry, University Federal of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
3Postgraduate Program of Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

Received 11 July 2016; Revised 24 August 2016; Accepted 28 August 2016

Academic Editor: Gasparini Giulio

Copyright © 2016 Antonio Luis Neto Custodio et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To evaluate measures of the styloid process (SP) in Brazilian dry skulls. Methods. This study involves measurements of two points (lateral end posterior views) of 15 dry skulls held by the Morphology Department, Institute of Biological Sciences of Federal University of Minas Gerais. Results. There was a large variability for the length of left and right sides (in lateral and posterior views) of the styloid process. From the lateral view of the left and right styloid, the length of the SP ranged, respectively, from 10.22 mm to 69.73 mm and from 8.30 mm to 63.77 mm. From a posterior view of the left and right sides of the skulls, the values range, respectively, from 15.57 mm to 69.51 mm and from 15.64 mm to 69.44 mm. Conclusion. We believe that this study provides additional information about the frequency of elongated SP among the Brazilian population.